TASTE & POWER

The Universal Thread in Miles Huston’s “L’état C’est Moi”

Posted in Uncategorized by danielheidkamp on June 27, 2013

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Miles Huston’s show “L’état C’est Moi” (I am the state) at Still House in Red Hook, features five unique sculptures, two framed colored pencil drawings, and an icon painted directly on the wall.  Each piece is highly crafted and conceptually dense.  The various subjects are simultaneously specific and cryptic, for instance– a King Lear/King Louis XIV two sided bust, a Charlie Chaplin mask ensconced in artificial grass, and a diorama of daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s free fall from space. Readings of these works are not particularly open to interpretation, and ambiguity is pushed into the margins.  Despite a wide range of materials and approaches in this show, connections between all the works are instantly and inevitably created. While many of these pieces could stand alone, there is one universal thread which brings everything together: 

 Huston believes that the existence of each artwork in this show is inevitable and that the systems required for their creation have always been in place. Huston sees himself as an ‘organizer’ and his artworks as ‘demonstrations’.  His role is to gather and carve out the parts, and make the proper arrangements in order to accelerate systems that inevitably lead to the manifestation of the art object. In this way, he thinks of his objects as ‘ready-mades’ because the cultural/physical material and conceptual mechanisms that allow for their creation are already functioning. Huston’s aim is to observe and reveal subtle connections, find new meanings, and ultimately, even if just for a fleeting instant, expose the rhythms underlying everything.  

 

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RIP LES BLANK

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on April 8, 2013

Les Blank, amazing filmmaker, passed away. More info in the SF Chronicle eulogy at http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Les-Blank-documentary-filmmaker-dies-4416133.php

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Paul Bley – Ramblin’

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on April 7, 2013

Ramblin
Paul Bley, p.
Mark Levenson, b.
Barry Altschul, dr.
Roma, 1.Juli 1966

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Drawings For Rory, by Daniel H.

Posted in Uncategorized by danielheidkamp on June 10, 2011

Abner Jay

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on January 9, 2010

Abner Jay was a self-mythologizing outsider-folk-blues one man band who died in 1993.

His music has been re-issued by Subliminal Sounds and Mississippi Records.

Professeur Choron

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on January 6, 2010

Les Fiches Bricolage are the the works of the brilliant french comedian Professeur Choron.  In these shorts, he drew humorous connections between domestic life, social conventions, politics, and paranoia.

CornRow Rider

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on January 5, 2010

JUST YOU AND ME

Played on loop, the short piece is based on a character that stands as an iconic figure for an entire generations identity crisis. A figure whose performance is grotesque and inhumane, sexual and heroic.

CORNROW RIDER IS A NEW YORK BASED ARTIST COLLECTIVE. THE COLLECTIVE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2008 AS A PLATFORM FOR SEVERAL ARTISTS TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY CROSSBREEDING GENRES, BACKGROUNDS, IDENTITIES AND WORK HABITS. THE WORKS AIM TO CONFRONT THE PARADOX OF THE CURRENT AGE BY ILLUMINATING THE PROCESS IN WHICH REGIONAL ECONOMIES, SOCIETIES, AND CULTURES HAVE BECOME INTEGRATED THROUGH A GLOBE SPANNING NETWORK OF EXCHANGE. MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVE HAVE EXHIBITED INDEPENDENTLY AND COLLABORATIVELY IN BOTH GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS WORLDWIDE.

SEA DIAMOND

CHICAGO VS DENVER

“…AN UNEDITED AMERICAN FOOTBALL GAME FROM THE 2009 NFL PRE SEASON. WITH THIS SEEMINGLY EFFORTLESS GESTURE OF SHIFTING THE CONTEXT FROM LIVING ROOM TO GALLERY, THE COLLECTIVE MINES CONVENTIONAL MEDIA TO WARHOLIAN PROPORTIONS. CHICAGO VS DENVER CONTINUES THE COLLECTIVES EXPLORATION OF CLASS, RACE, AND SEXUALITY NOT BY MANIPULATING THE SOURCE MATERIAL, BUT THE ACTUAL AUDIENCE WHO CONSUMES IT.”

WALGREENS

Danzig videos

Posted in Art, Faith, Film, Music, Religion, Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on January 4, 2010

Glenn Danzig “Welcome to My Book Collection”

then Chuck Biscuits talks about his amazing collection of classic vintage cereal boxes

Available, sometimes, on VHS on ebay and at swap meets near you.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Posted in Uncategorized by TASTE & POWER on December 23, 2009

I was talking to someone the other day, and they said they’d never seen Heavy Metal Parking Lot, nor the trailer for it, nor did they even GET what it was which is IMPLICIT in the title.

Buy it here.

WATCHMEN

Posted in Uncategorized by oldmandub on September 13, 2008

I want to be   a part of it so bad. I’ve been having dreams some nights, maybe 1 every two weeks, that lead me to believe that I am a part of it. And it is like heroin. Like a 15 year old’s mushroom body high. The amazing culture it exudes far surpasses anything I get from movies or music. The realistic portrayal of super heroes in a time that might need them the most. At the verge of anihilation. (spell check that for me.) A story so full of death makes me want to live so much more . I’ve subjected myself to something less than what I … no. I love  comics. And this story inwebs my dreams, many of my thoughts when I’m by myself, and it makes sitting more pleasurable than others would have let me know. I love watchmen. find something in it, too.